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Durban Power Talks is a three-part experience. Through provocation, reimagining and reflection, creatives in the city, alongside leaders, policymakers and art institute representatives, are invited to sit in the Gestalt, play a part in the spectacle, and unpack the meaning of power. 

The Durban Power Talks are a deep dive into how space, people, art, and politics influence local creative dynamics. Over three days, three facilitators will assume the roles of provocateur, animateur, and reflecteur with an aim to provoke critical reflection on the form, function, dynamics and implications of power for Durban’s cultural scene. 

The programme is centred on the spaces and three figures, who will carefully curate conversations with Power Talks guests. Our facilitators are: Ismail Farouk as provocateur, Russel Hlongwane as animateur and Nocebo Bucibo as reflecteur.


Thursday, 4 August | 10AM - 3PM

@ The Chairman

Facilitator: Russel Hlongwane | Animateur

Friday, 5 August | 10AM - 1PM

@ Diakonia Council of Churches

Facilitator: Nocebo Bucibo | Reflecteur





Contemporary Archive Project

The Contemporary Archive Project is a photography organisation focused on safeguarding and developing new photographic works in KwaZulu-Natal . CAP runs incubator programmes and is a collective for critical thinking, and building an ongoing archive of the province which it operates. CAP believes that written texts and narratives form a vital component of the archive.


Data partners
Gugu is an international Award-winning South African-based connectivity, digital and clean energy startup. For Durban Power Talks, GUGU are hot spotting and keep guests connected! 

Durban University of Technology

The photographs on show during the third day of Power Talks Durban are courtesy of the Durban University of Technology's Photography Department. Photographers include: Emihle Dlamini, Ndimbulele Khasibe, Wonderboy Maluleka, Thembi Mthembu, Lindokuhle Ndlovu, Nhlakanipho Khomo, Khumbulani  Sithole, Thalente Khomo and Khulasande Tshayile.


KCAP (EMAC) is a leading community organisation in South Africa to successfully contribute towards the creation of a positive and vibrant artistic environment in which the various forms of arts are developed and appreciated by the majority, thereby enhancing the quality of life of youth, artists and people in the community. Steven Chauke and Zawadi Yamungu are collaborating with KCAP performers for the Power Talks Durban Programme.

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